The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Undergraduate Research Committee (URC)

The Undergraduate Research Committee is a faculty committee composed of professors from across disciplines whose mission it is to support student research and opportunities. We give out competitive fellowships and awards for student and student-faculty collaborative projects throughout the academic year and summer. Committee members hold office hours where you can ask questions as you develop your application. We look forward to meeting you and supporting you and your ideas.

Office Hours for Spring 2022

For logistical questions, contact Jolie Griffin, URC administrator,, Vollum 320.

Kate Bredeson (chair), Associate Professor of Theatre: Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Zoom. Sign up via the "Zoom links for office hours," link here.

Sam Fey, Assistant Professor of Biology: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Biology 212

Tom Landvatter, Associate Professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities: Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Office hours are on Zoom. link here.

Tristan Nighswander, Assistant Professor of Economics: Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm in Vollum 225 and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 on Zoom

Simone Waller, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Fridays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Greywood 110 (click here to reserve a time; walk-ins also welcome).

URC Grants and Fellowships

Below are the grants and fellowships that the URC oversees. Visit each webpage for full details and application requirements.

Evan Rose Fellowship: The purpose of this program is to support a summer research project or internship related to urban design and/or architecture.

Initiative Grant: The purpose of this program is to enhance thesis research opportunities for students by providing modest support for research expenses.

Mason Opportunity Fellowship: The purpose of this program is to support first and foremost research work related to the Reed canyon. All majors are eligible.

Opportunity Grant: The purpose of this program is to provide support to undergraduate students in pursuit of academically valuable and pertinent opportunities that arise.

Reed Arts Grant Experience (RAGE): This fellowship supports students from the Division of the Arts who seek to engage in original and independant arts history, theory, and/or practice research during the summer.

Reed College Science Research Fellowship: The purpose of this program is to facilitate and financially support summer research by teams of Reed College faculty and students.

Ruby-Lankford Fellowship: The goal of this grant program is to spur and support interactive summer research engagement of students and faculty in the Humanities.

Summer Opportunity Fellowship Award (SOFA): The purpose of this program is to expose Reed students to new environments and opportunities not available on campus.

Sample proposals

Past successful applicants have allowed their proposals to be used as examples for future students. Names have been redacted along with résumés and recommendation letters. Even if there isn't a proposal that matches your major, these proposals will help you get a better understanding of what a successal propsosal looks like.

Evan Rose Fund

Reed College Science Research Fellowship (RCSRF)

Summer Opportunity Fellowship Award (SOFA)